Thursday, February 7

Take the Fork in the Road

Was it Yogi Berra who said, "When you see a fork in the road, take it!"? Ever wonder what events and decisions along life's journey have led you to take the forks you have taken?

Last week, when I was in Belgrade, Serbia, I had the good fortune to reconnect with a high school friend who has lived in Belgrade, Budapest, and Prague since after college. I spent a delightful afternoon with Carolyn, her husband Bora, and their two beautiful daughters.

It's easy to think people and organizations who achieve successful, meaningful lives made a single decision to do so. In truth, where we end up is a combined result of trends, chance, and choice. We should strive to have the greatest influence in shaping our personal and organizational futures by making wise choices, monitoring where they take us, and adjusting as we move forward. Carolyn and I shared a lively discussion about the forks in the road we had each taken on our very different journeys. Every lifetime has many roads with many forks. In fact, embedded into every day are hundreds if not thousands of little choices that collectively shape who we become and where we go. Let us not fail to see and seize them for the opportunities they present.

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